436 Norman Wilkinson

Biography

Alnwick-born forward Wilkinson moved to Hull City from non-league Crook Town in November 1952 and took the remainder of 1952/53 season establishing himself in the City reserves. He began 1953/54 in the first team, scoring a brace against Nottingham Forest, but the signing of prolific Bob Crosbie in October 1953 saw Wilkinson again moved to the stiffs. He left the Tigers in the 1954 close season.

Wilkinson moved to York City in 1954 for the princely fee of £10 and embarked on a twelve year career that propelled him to the status of Minstermen club legend (he spent much of his time at York playing with ex-Hull City team-mate Tommy Forgan, who also moved to York in 1954). Strong in the air and hard-working with a loping running style, Wilkinson scored 143 goals in 401 games across all competitions for York City, which stands as the club’s record goal tally. Wilkinson was pivotal to the club embarking on an unlikely FA Cup run in 1955 that only ended at the FA semi final stage. Wilkinson left York City in 1966 and had a spell at Annfield Plain, but remained involved with the Bootham Crescent side as a scout.

Wilkinson served in the RAF prior to and during his time at Hull City and remained a part-time footballer throughout his football league career, combining first team duties with the job of cobbler at his Annfield Plan shop in County Durham. He died in Sunderland in January 2011.

Details

Nationality: England
Date/Place of Birth: 16 February 1931, Alnwick
Hull City First Game: 29 August 1953, Bury H (Division Two), 22 years, 194 days old
Hull City Final Game: 3 October 1953, Bristol Rovers A (Division Two), 22 years, 229 days old

Clubs

Crook Town, Hull City (1952-1954), York City (1954-1966), Annfield Plain

Hull City Record

Career: 8 apps, 3 goals

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